Henrico Doctors’ Hospital opens Neonatal Intensive Care Unit


HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital this week announced the opening of its new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The unit is the final piece of the expansion phase of The Women’s Hospital, a health facility that opened in December. Henrico Doctors’ Hospital now features the largest community-based Level III NICU in Central Virginia and the only NICU with 24/7 neonatologists on-site.
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Thoracic surgeon is first to perform 100 robot-assisted lobectomies in Central Virginia


Graham M. Bundy, a thoracic surgeon with HCA Virginia Physicians’ Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, is the first such surgeon in Central Virginia to perform 100 minimally-invasive Da Vinci robot-assisted lobectomies (a surgical procedure to remove a lobe of the lung). The procedure is used to treat multiple types of conditions but is most often used to treat lung cancer.
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Free flu shots available at MedExpress, opening Sept. 20

Open house to be held Sept. 19

MedExpress Urgent Care will open a new neighborhood medical center in Henrico Sept. 20 at 8040 W. Broad St. To help Richmond-area residents prepare for the upcoming flu season, the new center will offer free flu shots to patients ages four and up starting the day the center opens and while supplies last.

An open house celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held prior to opening day, Sept. 19 from noon to 2 p.m.
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Open enrollment for health insurance marketplace ends Jan. 31

Approximately six million people have signed up for the health insurance marketplace in the states that use healthcare.gov during the open enrollment period, which ends Jan. 31.

The marketplace also saw 2.4 million new consumers sign up for coverage; in Virginia nearly 376,000 had signed up as of Dec. 19.
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Barbados girls treated at St. Mary’s


World Pediatric Project (WPP), in cooperation with The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Barbados and the government of Barbados, welcomed two young girls to Henrico earlier this month for advanced medical treatments performed by Bon Secours Richmond Health System pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Chester Sharps at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Seven-year-olds Miracle and Raven (pictured) both suffer from Blount’s disease, a growth disorder of the shinbone (tibia) in which the legs angle inward, causing a bowed appearance below the knees. The reason for the shinbone’s failure to develop is unknown.
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Project SEARCH graduates receive diplomas


Bon Secours Virginia Health System recently recognized and awarded diplomas to 25 Virginia high school seniors with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and/or intellectual disabilities for their completion of Project SEARCH, a nine-month national school-to-work program, at four Bon Secours facilities in Central Virginia and in Portsmouth. Project SEARCH provides hands-on training to students with disabilities through internships at health care facilities and other businesses, with a goal of gaining employment upon completion. Bon Secours Virginia is the only Project SEARCH program also participating in clinical research.

The Project SEARCH program began at St. Mary's Hospital in Henrico and has since expanded to three other sites.
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Sheltering Arms to open new outpatient therapy center in West End


On April 20, Sheltering Arms will welcome patients to its newest outpatient rehabilitation center. Located in the Reynolds Crossing complex in Henrico, this will be Sheltering Arms’ largest outpatient facility, primarily serving the rehabilitation needs of patients with orthopedic conditions which may include sports injuries, arthritis, joint injuries, and back pain. The center will also provide services for women’s health issues, such as urinary incontinence.

Programs at the 18,500 square-foot facility will include physical therapy, rehabilitation physician services, medical psychology and a specialized industrial rehabilitation program focused on helping injured workers return to the job safely and effectively.
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A suburban epidemic

Henrico experiences spike in heroin usage, deaths

Marvelle Hutchinson had been in prison for 5 years. Locked up for heroin possession, he was awaiting release in 2012 when he began hearing strange stories about the girls back home. New inmates were telling him about shifting attitudes towards the drug that had tormented him since he first tried it at age 19.

“It used to be that you could not let no females know you was getting high [on heroin] because that was hard drugs,” said Hutchinson. “You would be considered a junkie.”

But newly incarcerated inmates were telling Hutchinson that the drug had become commonplace. He couldn’t imagine a world in which snorting or shooting heroin was as casual as smoking a cigarette.
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Could new children’s hospital land in Henrico?

The Richmond region is closer to having a freestanding, independently-operated children's hospital, and the site may be announced as early as June, the head of the organizational alliance told a Henrico women's group recently.

Addressing a Feb. 5 meeting of The Tri Club Woman's Club at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Katherine E. Busser, CEO and president of the Virginia Children's Hospital Alliance, described a movement that has taken years to get underway but is rapidly gaining momentum.
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Babies in red

Babies at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital (and other Bon Secours hospitals) were dressed in red earlier this month to celebrate National Wear Red Day Feb. 6, which helped kick off American Heart Month. The red knit caps worn by the infants were hand-knitted by Bon Secours volunteers.
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Bon Secours promotes St. Mary’s Hospital CEO

Bon Secours Virginia recently announced that it will promote St. Mary's Hospital CEO Toni R. Ardabell to chief executive officer of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, effective Jan. 1. In her new role, Ardabell will be responsible for all operations in Central Virginia, with the exception of the Medical Group and HealthSource, which will remain directly reporting to Bernard. Ardabell will continue to serve as CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital. She also will assume the role with the Bon Secours Richmond Board as the CEO of Bon Secours Richmond.

Ardabell joined Bon Secours in 2009 as the chief executive officer of Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. In 2012 she was given additional responsibility for Women’s, Pediatrics, Retail and the Senior Services service lines. Most recently, in 2014, her responsibilities grew to include chief executive officer of St. Francis Medical Center.
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Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals hosting physicians from China

HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals is hosting a group of 16 Chinese physicians through Dec. 19. The visiting physicians will be shadowing physicians at Henrico Doctors’ to learn American methodology and practice in medicine.

The group, sent by the Youjiang Medical University for Nationalities, is in Henrico as part of an exchange program run by the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates (NAAAS & Affiliates).

“Healthcare is continuing to expand globally bringing international cultures closer together for the same cause,” said Anthony Spensieri, M.D., chief medical officer for Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals.
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Celebrating early arrivals

Hillary Bleckley holds 21-day-old son Tatum – who was two months premature – at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital on World Prematurity Day Nov. 17.

The hospital dressed newborn babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nursery at the hospital in purple hats and onesies in recognition of the day. Purple is the official color of the March of Dimes, which works to reduce premature birth rates.

Bon Secours Richmond Health System supports the 39-Week Initiative, a national effort to reduce the number of elective deliveries before 39 weeks into a pregnancy.
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Virginia Department of Health establishes Ebola hotline, online resources

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) opened an Ebola hotline Tuesday to help answer questions from the public and provide the most up-to-date information to Virginians.

The number – 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (1-877-275-8343) – is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Virginia’s 211 Call Center will be handling the calls using frequently asked questions (FAQs) developed by VDH.

“Virginians are understandably concerned about their risk of catching Ebola,” said State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine.
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Bon Secours partners with HealthFair to bring mobile screenings to region

Bon Secours this week announced a partnership with HealthFair, a national testing provider that brings health testing to community neighborhoods through its mobile screening buses. The Bon Secours HealthFair mobile screening bus debuted in Hampton Roads and began screening participants in this region this month.

“This partnership will bring needed and affordable testing services to Richmond that are necessary and have not been easily available in the past,” said Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “We are committed to building healthier communities, and prevention and early detection with these screenings will support us in our quest.”

The Bon Secours HealthFair bus will offer local residents screening tests to assess their risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and some cancers.
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